Brotherhood Railway Carmen, TCU/IAM Newsbreak



For Release
September 14, 2022
TCU/BRC Carmen and Clerks Ratify National Agreement


The deadline to vote on the National Agreement ratification was 3pm EST, today. The National Agreement has been ratified by the Clerical and the Carmen membership.

The new, independent electronic voting process allowed for more membership engagement than ever before seen for a National ratification. 58% of the Carmen covered by National Handling voted in this ratification, compared to just 28% who voted in the 2018 ratification. 49% of clerical employees covered by National handling voted in this ratification, compared to 34% in 2018. The majorities of each craft voted for the Tentative Agreement to be ratified.

“After three long years of difficult bargaining, PEB 250 provided recommendations that led to a tentative agreement for our members to consider. TCU & BRC members have now voted on the agreement and have elected to ratify this agreement. Among other improvements, this agreement ensures that every penny of the recommendations of PEB 250 goes directly to our members and protects our great healthcare benefits which our members need now more than ever. This has been a difficult time with a lot of misinformation and I appreciate the hard work of all our local and national representatives who worked tirelessly to ensure that every question was answered and that members had the accurate information needed to consider their vote for themselves and their families.” National President Maratea

The National Carriers Conference Committee and the National Mediation Board have been notified of the ratification of the agreement and those terms will now be implemented. This will result in all Clerical and Carmen members (including TWU Carmen) receiving thousands of dollars in back pay and an immediate 14% pay increase. In accordance with the agreement retroactive payments or “backpay” must be paid within sixty (60) days.


For Release
August 29, 2022
TCU/BRC Carmen and Clerks Reach Tentative Agreement with National Carriers


Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Presidential Emergency Board 250 issued its report to the President on August 16,
2022. Immediately following the issuance of the PEB Report, your Negotiating Committee,
together with our labor partners -- the International Association of Machinists (IAM) and
Transportation Communications Union (TCU), negotiated with the National Carriers’
Conference Committee (NCCC) to try and reach an agreement based upon the Presidential
Emergency Board’s recommendations. (A complete copy of that report is among the
materials uploaded with this letter and the full Tentative Agreement).

On August 29, 2022, we reached a tentative Agreement with the national freight
railroads that followed the recommendations of the PEB. This is a summary of that
Agreement which is now before you for ratification.


The tentative agreement provides for a historic 22% in general wage increases (24%
compounded over the five-year contract period – January 1, 2020, through December 31,
2024). This is the highest wage increase ever achieved in the history of National Bargaining.
In addition to the GWIs the agreement provides an additional $1,000 lump sum
payment to be paid annually - for each year of the contract period for a total of $5,000.

Read the complete Agreement here for Carman

Read the complete Agreement here for Clerks

For Release
August 25, 2022
FRA's Two Person Crew Proposal

Sisters and Brothers,

The link provided below is for the notice of proposed rulemaking from the FRA for their recently proposed two-person crew rule.  Right now, they're in the public comments phase of which anyone can leave comments outlining why it is or isn't a worthy rule to impose.  So far most of the comments pertain to why this rule is necessary and the dangers of why allowing one person to operate a train will create an unsafe situation for the employees and the public.  In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in transportation and given our knowledge of the importance of having two-person crews instead of one, I feel as a union we should endeavor to leave a comment as well in support of this rule.  Please pass this along to the members at your respective locations.  

James M. Ramey
Local Chairman/Lodge 6760
Unit 410 BRC Division-TCU/IAM


For Release
August 16, 2022
Presidential Emergency Board 250 Releases its Report and Recommendations

Read the complete report and recommendations...Here

For Release
July 29, 2022
2022 National Convention

Review the highlights of the 36th National Convention of TCU and BRC...Available Here


For Release
June 1, 2022
Union Dues Can Pay for Itself

Union dues help ensure your pay-scale, healthcare, vacation and seniority benefits. Learn about additional benefits union members are eligible for...Details at Membership Pays


For Release
March 4, 2022
NS Updated Drug Testing Requirements

Sisters and Brothers,

Attached is a new operations bulletin from NS.  This bulletin pertains to the updated drug testing requirements issued by the FRA in regard to mechanical employees.  Not only will we now be subjected to random drug testing as required by the FRA, we will also be subjected to reasonable cause testing when charged with the violation of certain FRA rules and regulations specific to our craft.  Pass this along and educate everyone at your respective locations. Read Attachment

James M. Ramey
Local Chairman/Lodge 6760
Unit 410-Division TCU/IAM


For Release
January 24, 2022
National Negotiations Update

Rail Labor’s largest coalition reaches dead end on path to voluntary agreement The Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC) released the following statement on January 24, 2022: After more than two years of bargaining with the major U.S. Class 1 railroads, discussions completely stalled last week. Accordingly, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Railway Labor Act, top leaders of 10 rail unions applied to the National Mediation Board (NMB) for the assignment of a federal mediator to assist in our negotiations. The Carriers represented by the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) simply are not bargaining in good faith. This development is very frustrating, as the Unions in the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition have been at the negotiating table since November 2019. Throughout that time, despite our best efforts, the carriers have not made a comprehensive settlement proposal that we believe our members would even remotely entertain. In fact, the Carriers’ latest proposal is worse than bad faith; it is insulting. After carrying our nation through the Pandemic, and as the carriers have posted record breaking profit margins due to their implementation of so-called “Precision Scheduled Railroading” practices, our members have earned, and rightfully expect a substantial contract settlement that recognizes the sacrifices they and their families make each day. Instead, the Carriers continue to push proposals that fail to even catch up to the cost of living. From the beginning of this round of negotiations, the CBC has adamantly refused to accept any type of concessionary agreement. Instead, the railroads continue to demand extreme changes to our members’ current benefits and attempt to unilaterally impose work rule changes that would further erode our members’ already taxed standard of living. We anticipate that the involvement of the NMB will cause the industry to refocus on addressing the legitimate needs of the men and women whose labor generates their positive financial returns. In an effort to bring all affected members up to speed, the CBC’s latest proposal can be found at: Additional information will be provided as developments warrant. We appreciate your continuing support, and we look forward to working with the NMB to reach a settlement that we can be proud of. The unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition are: the American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA); the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen / Teamsters Rail Conference (BLET); the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS); the International Association of Machinists (IAM); the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB); the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers/SEIU (NCFO); the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU); the Transportation Communications Union / IAM (TCU), including TCU’s Brotherhood Railway Carmen Division (BRC); and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART–TD). Collectively, the CBC unions represent more than 105,000 railroad workers covered by the various organizations’ national agreements, and comprise over 80% of the workforce who will be impacted by this round of negotiations

For Release
December 2, 2021


Covid Update - COVID-19 FAQs and payment update information... Details

For Release
March 23, 2021

A Carman job is open at Manassas, VA, along with three positions at Chattanooga, TN. If interested in taking one of these positions contact Korey Jones or James Ramey.

For Release
February 15, 2021

IAM Election for General Secretary Treasurer, April 2021

Dear Fellow TCU/BRC Members of IAM active and retired:

As you may know the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) will conduct an election for the office General Secretary Treasurer (GST). Two members are running for the GST office: The incumbent, Dora Cervantes and Ian Scott Anderman. 

Based upon an earlier endorsement of Ian Scott Anderman by TCU National President Artie Maratea, along with Ian’s qualifications, which are listed at:, Lodge 6760 members’ unanimously chose to endorse Ian Scott Anderman for the office of General Secretary Treasurer of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) during its February 15, 2021 meeting.  To better preserve the continued autonomy of TCU/BRC we encourage you to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming election and vote for Ian Scott Anderman. 

As information, retired TCU/BRC members are eligible to vote in this IAM election. I have attached a copy of the official Absentee Ballot Request Form. Please complete the form and mail it to the address noted on the form as soon as possible. The actual election ballot you will receive must be postmarked by April 22, 2021 and received April 29, 2021 to be counted.

You will be asked to enter your Membership Card Number on the form. If you have not received a new Membership Card since 2012 your membership card number has changed. If you need your current membership card number send me your name, current address and lodge number. I will obtain your card number and send it to you. All TCU/BRC retired members’ card numbers begin with CE. If retired and you have not maintained your IAM/TCU/BRC membership all you need to do is send $18 for 2021 membership dues to Kristin Blakley, 3 Research Place, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Once your dues are received you will be eligible to vote. You do not have to pay any past years’ dues, just 2021.

This is a very important election to help preserve the autonomy and heritage of TCU/BRC. Please make this a priority for the sake of your union sisters and brothers on the job today by requesting a ballot and vote to help preserve our union.

Fraternally yours, 

Steven Pequignot

IAM/TCU/BRC member 53 years

Learn more about Ian Scott Anderman HERE. Request an absentee ballot HERE.

For Release
December 18, 2020

All Members: Read the Notice of Nominations and Elections for IAM International Officers. . .Complete Details

For Release
August 10, 2020



Today I regret to inform you I have accepted the resignation of brother Chris Pierce from his Local Chairman position. Brother Pierce has been instrumental in unifying and protecting each one of us from unscrupulous accusations. The diligence and time he put into this lodge is unprecedented. The Local Chairman job is often a thankless job with many responsibilities. Brother Pierce served this Lodge for many years in this position honorably. On behalf of Lodge 6760 I want to thank him for his tireless efforts and diligence to serve the members of this lodge.  

I have decided to appoint brother James Ramey to interim Local Chairman. Brother Ramey has 12 years on the railroad and many of those years he has served under Brother Pierce as Portsmouth Ohio VLC. Brother Ramey will be resigning his current job as Vice President to our Lodge and will be training and working with our National Rep, Dennis Wilson. Thank you all for your service to protect and educate other members of their rights and Labor Laws.

Fraternally yours,

Korey Jones
Lodge 6760


For Release
July 31, 2020

Bob Scardelletti Retires with 29 Years as President of TCU and 53 Years of Membership

July 31, 2020, marks the retirement of TCU/IAM National President and Labor Legend Robert A. Scardelletti. President Scardelletti has fought for America’s working families and the members of TCU for 29 years as National President, with more than 53 years of membership in the TCU/IAM. Read more...

For Release
May 22, 2020

The IAM released a notice advising that the 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention has been rescheduled for September 12-17, 2021, in San Diego, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The notice also outlines certain procedures for the election of delegates and alternate delegates.

Most importantly, the letter outlines procedures for the election of delegates and alternate delegates. Specifically:

Lodges that have not yet chosen their delegates may choose to postpone delegate selection until the spring of 2021. Alternately, lodges may choose to proceed with the delegate selection as outlined in Official Circular 874 (also attached hereto). Whichever approach local lodges take, the IAM Constitutional rules about members’ eligibility to serve as delegates at the time of the Convention continue to apply. Note that if a lodge decides to elect its delegates this year, those delegates must continue to serve as delegates to the 2021 Convention, so long as they choose to do so and remain eligible to serve.

“Clearly, this was a difficult decision to make and was not made lightly. However, the health and safety of our members and delegates are paramount,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Executive Director Steve Wilhelm at

Click here to read the notice from the IAM.


For Release
May 9, 2020

TCU/BRC Heartland Lodge 6760 will hold a lodge meeting Friday, May 22, 2020, at 4:00 PM, EDT. In addition to normal business the lodge will be conducting the nomination of delegate and alternate delegate to the IAM Grand Lodge convention. 

Due to national and state emergency orders and with approval of the Grand Lodge the nomination session and the May regular meeting will be conducted in a secure video conference setting using the Zoom platform. Lodge members wishing to take part in either, or both of the video conference meetings should contact Lodge President Korey Jones for instructions to join the meeting(s).

Fraternally yours,

Korey Jones
Lodge 6760


For Release
March 16, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers: 

The safety of our lodge members has always been Lodge 6760's utmost concern. The health and welfare of not only our members but of their families is driving our decision to postpone all Union meetings and gatherings until the COVID-19 virus is no longer an imminent threat to our members. We urge members not to panic; but to assist one another whenever safely possible...Read More

Thank you for your understanding. Please check the website periodically for updated information as to when our next meeting will be held.  

Fraternally yours,

Korey Jones
Lodge 6760


For Release
March 4, 2020

Rockville, Maryland

TCU/IAM National President Robert A. Scardelletti announces his retirement on July 31, 2020 after serving 29 years as TCU’s President with over 53 years of membership in the TCU/IAM.

Scardelletti began his rail career as a Yard Clerk with the New York Central Railroad in Cleveland, OH in 1967. He was voted Local Chairman of Local Lodge 725 in 1971 and elected Division Chairman in 1973. In 1975 he gained the attention of the late International President Fred Kroll who named him Grand Lodge Special Assistant. In 1977 he was elected Vice General Chairman of System Board No 86. In 1982 he became Executive Vice General Chairman, then was elected General Chairman in 1984. He was elected International Vice-President at the TCU National Convention in 1987.

Bob Scardelletti was first elected International President of TCU at the 1991 Convention to head the 165,000 member Union. He was the first leader in more than 75 years to successfully challenge an incumbent. Since then he has been returned to office by acclamation vote of delegates to the 1995, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014, and 2018 Conventions. He is TCU’s longest serving President.

Scardelletti will leave behind a legacy of achievements. Most notably is his participation in the passage of the Railroad Retirement and Survivors Improvement Act of 2001, which liberalized early retirement benefits for 30 year employees and their spouses so that they could retire at age 60 with full benefits. This eliminated a cap on monthly retirement and disability benefits, lowered the minimum service requirement from 10 years to 5 years and revised the financing provisions of the railroad retirement system. Thus stabilizing its financial status for generations to come. It affected a million railroaders, retired and active. Scardelletti describes these improvements to our pension as the greatest accomplishment of our lifetime.

Other notable accomplishments in President Scardelletti’s career include:

  • Continually restructuring the union to keep it viable and effective as the Union faces the challenges of the railroad industry.
  • Lead the way for TCU to merge with the IAM. This crucial move preserved TCU’s ability to represent its members for many years to come.
  • During his tenure, the Union consistently received ratification votes of its contracts by the membership in the high 80 and 90 percentiles.

The TCU/IAM Executive Council has proudly bestowed the honorary title of President Emeritus upon Scardelletti.

President Scardelletti has also held other prominent positions in the labor movement:

  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Executive Council Member
  • AFL/CIO Executive Council Member
  • International Transportation Federation (ITF) Executive Board Member
  • Cooperating Railway Labor Organizations (CRLO) Chairman

National Vice President Arthur Maratea, TCU’s National President-elect, stated “Bob Scardelletti is a legend in rail labor. He was a man for our times. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary. While he will be missed, the TCU and its membership wishes him and his wife Diana many years and happiness and health in their retirement years.”

National President Scardelletti: “It has been my honor to have devoted my entire working career to this Union and the members thereof. The Union-the only institution dedicated exclusively to protect and enhance the wages, working conditions, health and welfare, and pension of its members from the first day on the job to the last day of their life. It has been my honor, indeed.”

Artie Maratea Elected TCU/IAM National President

Arthur Maratea has been elected TCU/IAM National President effective August 1, 2020 by its Executive Council to fill the interim vacancy created by the retirement of its current President.

President-elect Maratea began his railroad career as a Carman on the Long Island Railroad in 1988 and was promoted to a Telegraphers position in 1989. He then joined Local 1444 and was elected President of the Local in 1991. In 1994, he was elected Local Chairman until 2002 where upon he was elected General Chairman of Long Island System Board No 167.

In 2011 President-elect Maratea was elected by the TCU/IAM Executive Council as National Vice President. He was re-elected at the 2014 and 2018 TCU/IAM National Conventions.

On January 1, 2017 TCU/IAM National President Robert A. Scardelletti appointed him as Special Assistant to the President and assigned him to head TCU’s Industry Relations and Social Services Departments.

President-elect Maratea has extensive experience in contract negotiations throughout the Union and has been a prominent figure in coordinated bargaining with various other rail labor unions.

President-elect Maratea “I am deeply honored to have been elected TCU’s National President. I will give all that I have, fighting every day to improve the working conditions and better the lives of every member. While the challenges of today are immense, our members are diligent, our Union is strong and we will continue to deliver rock solid contracts for our membership. I look forward to serving our Union and its membership in the years to come.”

Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM) represents approximately 46,000 members who work in every state in the U.S., mostly employed in the railroad industry. In 2012, TCU merged with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), who represent 600,000 active and retired members in North America.


March 10, 2020

The IAM, utilizing an unprecedented democratic process that included a general membership vote open to all U.S. members in good standing, has endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States.
The IAM’s endorsement is the majority will of the IAM’s membership and its state councils, who voted online through an independent third party in early March. More about the IAM’s endorsement process is available at<>.
Cumulative General Membership Vote (March 4-6, 2020)
Democrats (66%)
1. Joe Biden – 36%
2. Bernie Sanders – 26%
3. Elizabeth Warren – 2%
4. Michael Bloomberg – 1%
5. Tulsi Gabbard – 1%
Republicans (34%)
1. Donald Trump – 34%
2. William Weld – Less than 1%
Out of the IAM’s State Council Presidents that voted in a March 8 vote between the top vote-getting candidates as chosen by the membership from each party, Joe Biden and Donald Trump, 100 percent cast their ballots for Biden.
A statement from IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr.:
“Our union made it a priority in the 2020 election cycle to give IAM members a real say in who we endorse for president of the United States. Since we announced this process in May 2019, we have encouraged members from coast to coast to register and make their voices heard in this important decision. We also urged presidential candidates to listen to our membership and speak about the issues that IAM members believe are most critical.
“Today the IAM is proud to announce our endorsement for Joe Biden, a proven leader who we believe can take back the White House and restore power back to working people and unions. Joe understands that unions built the middle class and that working people deserve their fair share of the prosperity we create. At this time more than ever, we need a leader who can deliver for workers and communities across this nation on retirement security, affordable health care and stronger protections for workers and unions. Our members have indicated that strong support for these issues is critical for our endorsement. Joe Biden has been fighting for these issues throughout his career.
“Make no mistake, workers’ rights, including safety and health and the right to unionize and bargain collectively, is on the ballot this November. We have endured four years of attacks on working people in the form of anti-union judges and NLRB decisions, attacks on our retirement and health care, and more. The GOP tax plan gave enormous tax breaks to multinational corporations while resulting in more than 50 plant closures for IAM members since the president took office. We cannot afford another four years of anti-worker policies being dictated to us by corporate-bought politicians in Washington.
“Joe Biden strongly supports the PRO Act, which would hold corporations accountable for violating labor laws and repeal anti-union right-to-work laws. Joe has also pledged to protect the pensions of workers and strengthen our ability to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions. Joe would end the senseless attacks on federal workers and fight for multi-employer pensions by passing the Butch Lewis Act.
“I encourage our members whose preferred candidate did not receive our endorsement to remain committed to our core principles. In a union as diverse as the IAM, it is OK to have different views with one common cause. We are strongest when we are united.
“Our membership has spoken and chosen a bold, progressive vision for our country that places the interests of working people first. From this point on, we will mobilize our membership to win the Democratic nomination for Joe Biden. No matter what happens in the months ahead, it is clear that working people demand a different direction and their fair share of power in Washington and across the country.”
IAM members have made it clear that they want a candidate who shares our priorities. In two independent surveys conducted over the past six months, IAM members listed these priorities:
  1.  Affordable healthcare: Members believe that everyone should have quality healthcare at an affordable cost.
  2.  Retirement security: Members believe that everyone should have retirement security. They strongly believe that pension benefit promises made in collective bargaining negotiations must be kept.
  3.  Outsourcing: Members strongly believe that corporate incentives to outsource work to Mexico and countries outside North America must be eliminated.
  4.  Strengthening our industrial base: Members believe that our country should support good quality jobs in the commercial and defense sectors. They voice serious concerns over continuing plant closings and layoffs.
  5.  Stronger laws protecting workers and union rights: Members are seriously concerned over the continued weakening of workers’ rights and believe that strong unions remain the key to our future.
  6.  Trade policy that puts working people first: Members believe that trade policy should make workers a priority, not corporations that use trade policy to ship jobs overseas.
Other important issues to our members included higher taxes and cost of living, poverty and income inequality, cost of education, and racial and gender inequality.
Our two surveys also found:
  *  IAM members are politically diverse. A significant number of our members are Democrats, Republicans, Independents and affiliated with other political identifications.
  *  IAM members have a positive perception of labor unions overall, especially the IAM.
  *  A large majority of Republicans in the surveys believe that the country is better off under President Trump and a large majority of Democrats believe the country is worse off under President Trump.
  *  Comments about the Democratic candidates and President Trump referenced “promises,” “the “economy,” “jobs” and “trade.”



For Release
January 1, 2020

Heartland Lodge 6760
TCU/IAM BRC Division

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Election of Officers' Ballets have been tabulated. The following Lodge officers will be installed at the next lodge meeting. Officers assume their respective positions January 1, 2020 for three year terms.

President - Korey Jones
Vice President - James Ramey
Recording Secretary - Jameson McKnight
Financial Secretary-Treasurer - Jameson McKnight
Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Matt Sosby
Board of Trustees Members (2) - Josh Pistole and Timothy Martin
Chairman of the Local Protective Committee-Delegate - Christopher Pierce
Alternate Delegate - Jameson McKnight

More details

Fraternally yours,

Shane Mills
President, Lodge 6760
TCU/IAM  BRC Divsion


For Release
June 29, 2019

For Release
November 14, 2018

Attention IAM Veterans:

The Veterans Services Department is convening its 2019 Veteran's Services Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. Orientation will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 6:00 PM. The program will conclude on Friday, April 5, 2019.

This is a special invitation for you to attend the program. If you will be traveling on a commercial airline, you should be prepared to travel and arrive on Saturday, March 30, 2019. All participants must be at the Winpisinger Center no later than 4:00 PM. on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Please do not make your own flight reservations; the Winpisinger Center will send you further instructions on travel.

Please complete the Participant Registration Form and forward to the IAM Veterans Services Department, 9000 Machinists Place, Room 303, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, no later than Monday, January 28, 2019.

In solidarity,

Robert Martinez, Jr.

c/o Steve Wilhelm
IAM Veterans Services Steering Committee

For Release
June 20, 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

The article below is from the SMART website this office received from James Ramey, Vice Local Chairman, Portsmouth, Ohio Train Yard(s) and B Yard operations.  This was a tremendous win for our craft. Norfolk Southern along with all of the Class 1 Carriers provided data and swayed the AAR to petition the FRA for a waiver to increase the already four (4) hour time frame to twenty-four (24) hours that a car(s) could be off of an air source before requiring another Class 1 (A6) air brake inspection.

This waiver was defeated by Brotherhood of Railway Carman President Rich Johnson along with four (4) other Rail Unions who in their fervent letters of dissent, convinced the FRA to not allow such a waiver to pass. I would urge all of you to click on the following link to read all of the joint comments submitted by the unions. 

In closing, please urge all of our members to perform all air brake related inspections correctly.  In my opinion, The Class 1 Carriers are trying to undermine our respective craft any way they can.

Take pride and follow all FRA mandated instruction.

I will always remain….

Fraternally yours,

Christopher K. Pierce
Local Chairman/Lodge 6760
Unit 200 BRC Division-TCU/IAM





A victory for safety was achieved in June when the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Railroad Safety Board denied a request by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to lengthen the “off-air” restriction from four to 24 hours for required brake tests and inspections.

AAR had written to FRA in December 2017 seeking a petition for waiver, arguing that safety would not be affected and that lengthening the off-air restriction would bring U.S. requirements in line with Canada’s 24-hour off-air restriction.

However, SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich and union leaders from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS), American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA) and Brotherhood Railway Carmen Division (TCU/IAM)’s letter in February urged FRA officials to deny the request.

The waiver would be unenforceable and too far-reaching, the unions argued.

“Despite the carriers’ safety assurances, the labor organizations have concerns with this far sweeping request for waiver given the fact that it will cover AAR’s entire membership,” the unions said. “To allow such a sweeping waiver request to go forward, each railroad would have to demonstrate that the cars on their railroad had state of the art brake valves, dryers and automatic moisture drainage. It is hard to imagine FRA granting such a ‘one size fits all’ waiver to each of AAR’s member railroads.”

The FRA board agreed with SMART TD and the other rail unions, with Robert Lauby, FRA Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, saying in the agency’s June 19 denial letter that the petition was better considered as part of the rulemaking process.

The board also said that AAR failed to prove that the changes would not have an adverse effect on safety.

“Based on its review and analysis, the board concluded that granting the requested relief would not be in the public interest or consistent with rail safety,” Lauby wrote.

Lauby also said in the letter that the data provided by AAR to support its petition did not cover the variety of real-world conditions encountered while running trains.

“Absent more detailed data demonstrating that safety would not be compromised, the Board concluded that the waiver request was not justified,” Lauby said.


For Release
January 22, 2018

By an overwhelming vote TCU Carmen and Clerks have ratified the National Agreement.

Carmen voting 78.85% in favor.

Clerks voting 93.92% in favor.

“ A solid vote of confidence by the membership in this overwhelming vote to approve the Agreement. The Carriers will now begin implementing the wage increases and processing the back pay.” Said National President Robert Scardelletti. “It’s finally over. A new Agreement is now in place. I thank everyone for their patience and support during this very long and difficult process.”

For Release
January 4, 2018

Ratification packets have been mailed to all TCU members. This package is also available at our Online Library.

For Release
December 22, 2017

All TCU Members Under the National Agreement:

A comprehensive ratification packet will be in the mail on December 27 to each TCU member under the National Agreement. Several days thereafter it will be published on the TCU website. For all members a special email address has been established to answer questions.

Sisters and Brothers, after three years we have an agreement. An agreement that National President Robert Scardelletti, Carmen Division General President Richard Johnson together with our entire Negotiating Committee, believe is worthy of your ratification. Ballots must be returned to TCU by January 22, 2018.


For Release
December 11, 2017

After three years of difficult and contentious bargaining with the National Carriers Conference Committee (NCCC), TCU Carmen and Clerks together with our coalition partners (IAM, TWU and IBEW) have reached a Tentative National Agreement (TA) subject to membership ratification. The TA follows the terms of the CBG TA, which has now been ratified by an overwhelmingly majority of CBG members. (6 rail unions) Those details have been widely published. A comprehensive ratification package is being prepared to be mailed to each TCU member. Working with our Printer we anticipate a membership mailing date of December 27 with a ballot count date of January 22, 2018. Once the ratification package is in the hands of the membership full details of the TA will be posted on the TCU website.

“After reviewing the ratification package and for all the reasons stated therein, I urge the membership to vote in favor of ratification,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti

“I appreciate and thank the thousands of TCU members for their patience and support during this very difficult period.  It’s time to bring this round of bargaining to an end and begin to prepare for the next round just two years away. The TA is now in the hands of the TCU membership.”


For Release
November 11, 2017

As previously announced on October 6, 2017, the six Rail Unions comprising the Coordinated Bargaining Group (CBG) have reached a Tentative National Agreement with the Nation’s Freight Rail Carriers. As this Update goes to press, members of all CBG Unions have either received their ballots, or soon will. All members are encouraged to review the Tentative Agreement and compare those terms and conditions to the other options before us and participate in your future by casting your vote. As additional information to help your review, on November 2, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed two Republican nominees to serve as members of the National Mediation Board. This three-person Board is now controlled by a Republican majority, and it is the Government Agency that manages the mediation process that all Rail Labor Unions are currently involved in, pursuant to the Railway Labor Act. The National Mediation Board, in concert with the White House, will determine when the parties have officially reached an impasse, and will manage any potential Presidential Emergency Board activities for those Unions and Rail Carriers that do not reach a voluntary settlement. In addition, the Rail Unions of the CBG must again condemn the interference by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE) in our ratification processes. These unprecedented attacks have escalated to a series of false accusations against the CBG Unions, and are clearly intended to harm our ratification of the Tentative Agreement. These slanderous accusations are without merit and in direct response to the CBG’s refusal to embrace BMWE’s proposals to change the Health and Welfare plan. BMWE, having failed to reach a voluntary agreement and in fact having given up on further negotiations, is now seeking to place your work rules and health care on the table as leverage for their benefit at a Presidential Emergency Board and ultimately in front of the United States Congress. Your negotiating team and the affected General Chairmen of the CBG Organizations have considered all options and determined, unanimously, that the health care scheme proposed by BMWE is not in the best interest of our members even if the railroads were agreeable to such a plan (and there is no indication that the railroads are acceptable to the scheme). The BMWE proposal is just a proposal, one that no Rail Union outside of the BMWE coalition has publicly agreed to endorse. On the other hand, the agreement proposed by the CBG negotiators is real — it includes terms and conditions that protect our work rules, provides for minimal increases in health care that are more than offset by wage increases that are over twice the rate of inflation, with reasonable out-of-pocket maximums that protect our members from the impact of catastrophic medical events.

These are the facts; don’t be misled by any misrepresentations. We respect the right of any Organization to negotiate in the best interests of its members, and BMWE is certainly free to pursue any avenue it believes best, including denying their members the opportunity to vote on their future. But we also reject any Organization’s attempt to interfere in the sacred democratic process of those who have reached a voluntary agreement, especially when our elected representatives have unanimously endorsed the proposed agreement and have chosen to allow our members to cast a vote on their own future.

Refraining from attacking another Union in the performance of its negotiating obligations is a core principle of Trade Unionism. The Union interfering in your ratification process does not have the same exposure to significant work rules changes that you do and has publicly stated that it does not care if your work rules are eliminated. The leaders of that Union at the highest level have been repeatedly asked to stay out of our ratification process, and they have refused.

This is the opposite of true Brotherhood; don’t be conned by their anti-union activities. Take the time to understand all your options and the risks associated with each, and then be sure to participate by voting in your ratification process, a process that the interfering Union does not think you are entitled to.

The Coordinated Bargaining Group is comprised of six unions: the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters); the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers; the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers / SEIU; and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers.

Collectively, the CBG unions represent more than 85,000 railroad workers covered by the various organizations’ national agreements, and comprise over 58% of the workforce that will be impacted by the outcome of the current bargaining round.


For Release November 16, 2016
Officers Nominated

TO:  All Members
Heartland Lodge 6760
TCU/IAM  BRC Division

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At the November 2016 meeting the following members were nominated for the offices indicated before their names. Election will be held in December 2016. Those elected will assume their respective offices January 1, 2017 for three year terms.

President - Michael Bleser
Vice President - Shane Mills
Recording Secretary - Jameson McKnight
Financial Secretary-Treasurer - Kevin Hite
Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Shawn Fensler
Board of Trustees Member - Ben Melton & Michael R. Fisher
Chairman of the Local Protective Committee-Delegate - Christopher Pierce
Alternate Delegate - Kevin Mitchell

Michael A. Bleser
President, Lodge 6760
TCU/IAM  BRC Divsion


For Release September 30, 2016
Nominations of Lodge Officers

Fort Wayne will host the next meeting November 16, 2016, at Rack and Helen's conference room, 525 Broadway Street, New Haven, Indiana 46774. The meeting will be call to order at 3:30 PM. Nomination of officers will take place at this meeting.

View a map of the meeting location


For Release June 1, 2016


Detroit, Michigan, June 1, 2016 - After a one and one-half year period, Mike Bleser has become the first member of the lodge to become president in two separate tenures. Mike first became president April 1, 2010 and held the office until December 31, 2014. Due to the office being vacated, Mike was elected as president during the May 2016 meeting. Needless to say Mike brings a ton of experience with him to the office. He is a proven leader who is dedicated to preserving quality within the craft and ensuring members work in a safe environment.

The lodge is thankful for Mike's leadership and appreciative to his wife lovely Linda for supporting Mike's decision to seek a second tenure as lodge president.

Thank you Mike for your dedication and stewardship.


For Release April 14, 2016
Election for Delegate and Alternate Delegate

TCU Heartland Lodge 6760 elected Christopher K. Pierce as its Delegate, and Jameson McKnight as the Alternate Delegate to the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention. The quadrennial event will commence on September 4, 2016 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel and is expected to conclude on September 9, 2016.

Shawn Fensler
Heartland Lodge 6760


For Release March 31, 2016
Notice of Nomination & Election

To: All Members of Local Lodge No. 6760

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

            We will be conducting the nomination and election of delegate and alternate delegate to the IAM Grand Lodge Convention in a special meeting.

Nominations will be held at our special meeting scheduled for 4/14/2016, 4:00PM.  To be held a Rack and Helen's Conference Room, 525 Broadway Street, New Haven Indiana 46774.

The following positions are to be filled:

Delegate to the IAM Grand Lodge Convention

Alternate Delegate


In the event there is more than one qualified person nominated for a position, an election will be held at the May meeting.

In the event that only one candidate for each office is nominated, the unopposed nominees are elected by acclimation and the recording secretary should immediately file the furnished form with the IAM GST’S office.

Fraternally Yours,

Shawn Fensler
          President Lodge 6760


For Release March 3, 2016
Lodge 6760 Member Toby Smith

It is with the deepest sorrow and a heavy heart I must inform you of an incident involving a Brother from Lodge 6760. At approximately 05:30, today, Toby Smith, a 42-year old husband and father of three, while involved in switching operations at Union Tank Car, Marion, Ohio, Plant 1, was in an accident resulting in the amputation of both legs. Brother Smith was life-flown to Grant Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, where he under went surgery and is being sedated in stable condition in the center's IC Unit.

While in Columbus, Ohio, National Representatives Carl Lakin, Dennis Wilson and myself talked with Brother Smith's loved ones and expressed our deepest sorrow. It was quite evident to me, Brother Smith has a tremendous support awaiting and praying for his recovery.

At this time, I am asking for your thoughts and prayers for Brother Smith, his family and the other Brothers who were involved in this tragic accident.

In solidarity,

Christopher K. Pierce
Local Chairman
Lodge 6760


For Release December 14, 2015
Lodge 6760 Morns the Passing of
One of its Longtime Officers

It is with sadness to report the passing of a great railroader and union officer, Lowell D. (Hawkeye) Wheeler passed away Friday, December 11, at his home in Lakeland, Florida. Brother Lowell held Lodge 6760 together financially for many years serving as Financial-Secretary/Treasurer. Each of his 20 plus annual audits were presented to the Board of Trustees and accurate to the penny. He knew where every dime of union funds were spent and held each officer accountable for every dollar spent. Lowell began is railroad career in 1967 in Montpelier, Ohio. He transferred to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1984 where he retired August 31, 2008.

As a railway Carmen Lowell was known by all as Hawkeye, because of his great interest in public safety by ensuring that no freight car departed his train yard with a defect. He could spot a thin flange freight train wheel before he knelt down to gauge it. Lowell was well respected and considered one of the best train yard inspectors on the system during his 41-year career. He was a champion and will be missed.

D. Wheeler,
67, passed away Friday, December 11, 2015 at his home in Florida. Born in Hudson, Michigan and living in New Haven, Indiana the past 30 years, Lowell worked as a Railway Carman with Norfolk Southern Railway for over 40 years. He served as an officer with Brotherhood of Railway Carmen and Transportation Communication Union for over 20 years. Surviving are his wife, Betty Jo(Berberick)Wheeler of Lakeland, FL; sons: Larry A.(Heather) of West Unity, OH, Ronald L.(Barbara) of Montpelier, OH, Eric J.(Elizabeth)of Stryker, OH, Jeremy K.(Erica) of New Haven, IN, and James L.(Kym) of Lakeland, FL; grandchildren: Connor, Brooke, Sydney, Christopher, Kaidan, Matthew, Maggie, Brandin, and Luke; and sister, Troybelle Luce. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, William "Donald" and Esther M. Wheeler; brothers, Harley Wheeler and Leslie G. Wheeler; and grandson, Brandon C. Wheeler. Memorial Service will be held at D.O. McComb Funeral Home in June 2016. Memorials may be made to Fort Wayne Seventh Day Adventist Church or Good Shepherd Hospice. To sign the online guest book, go to

For Release December 4, 2015




Canadian Pacific’s Indication of Interest is Grossly Inadequate and
Not in the Best Interests of Norfolk Southern and Its Shareholders 

Transaction Would Face Substantial Regulatory Risks and Uncertainties Highly Unlikely to Be Overcome

Norfolk Southern Confident That Its Strategic
Plan Will Deliver Compelling Shareholder Value

Company to Host Conference Call at 8:30 am ET Today


Norfolk, Va., December 4, 2015 – Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) (“Norfolk Southern” or the “Company”) today announced that its board of directors has unanimously rejected Canadian Pacific’s (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) previously announced unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding, highly conditional indication of interest to acquire the Company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 shares in a new company that would own Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern. After a comprehensive review, conducted in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, the Norfolk Southern board concluded that the indication of interest is grossly inadequate, creates substantial regulatory risks and uncertainties that are highly unlikely to be overcome, and is not in the best interest of the Company and its shareholders.

“We believe in our ability to generate greater shareholder value through execution of our strategy – delivering efficient and superior service to build a more profitable franchise based on price and volume growth, implementing efficiency measures, and increasing returns on capital to strengthen our financial performance, all while maintaining our disciplined capital return strategy,” said Chairman, President and CEO James A. Squires. “Norfolk Southern has made growth investments and we expect to realize the benefits of these investments in the years ahead, especially as our intermodal volumes continue to build. Specifically, we expect to achieve an operating ratio below 70 in 2016 with additional improvements over the next five years resulting in increasing ROE and an operating ratio below 65 by 2020. By maximizing our asset utilization, we believe we can achieve double-digit compounded EPS growth over this period. In short, Norfolk Southern is well positioned to deliver compelling value to our shareholders.”

Mr. Squires continued, “There is a high probability that, after years of disruption and expense, the proposed combination would be rejected by the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”). We also believe the STB would reject Canadian Pacific’s proposed voting trust structure, and that there is no certainty that any other voting trust structure would be approved. Even if the proposed combination were ultimately to be cleared, it would be subject to a wide range of onerous conditions that would reduce the value of the stock consideration that has been proposed.”

Mr. Squires concluded, “We believe that Canadian Pacific’s short-term, cut-to-the-bone strategy could cause Norfolk Southern to lose substantial revenues from our service-sensitive customer base. We also believe the proposed transaction risks harm to vital transportation infrastructure and the communities we serve. Any strategy that hurts our customers and the broader community is highly unlikely to receive regulatory approval and is inconsistent with the delivery of shareholder value over the long-term.”

The Norfolk Southern board, composed of 13 directors, 11 of whom are independent, undertook a comprehensive review of the Canadian Pacific proposal. The Norfolk Southern board, in making its determination, considered among other factors:

The Canadian Pacific indication of interest substantially undervalues Norfolk Southern

·      Norfolk Southern, under the direction of its board of directors and a recently appointed Chief Executive Officer, is successfully executing a strategic plan to drive operational improvements. The board is confident that the continued execution of this strategic plan is superior to Canadian Pacific’s grossly inadequate and high-risk proposal


·      The board believes that Canadian Pacific’s indication of interest is opportunistically timed to take advantage of a Norfolk Southern market valuation that has been adversely affected by a challenging commodity price environment, does not fully reflect infrastructure investments Norfolk Southern has made, and does not incorporate the upside from further improvements anticipated to result from the initiatives that the Company is implementing.

Norfolk Southern is successfully executing on its strategy 

·      Norfolk Southern’s management team is successfully executing a number of revenue growth initiatives focused on pricing discipline and growth in merchandise and intermodal market opportunities.

·      Norfolk Southern’s strategic plan is focused on providing superior customer service, continuing the recent improvement in network performance, and implementing efficiency measures, including managing headcount, increasing locomotive productivity, and integrating technological innovations.

·      Norfolk Southern’s strategic plan provides for double-digit compounded EPS growth over the next five years, increasing ROE, and, by 2020, an operating ratio below 65.

·      Norfolk Southern is committed to pursuing a disciplined capital allocation strategy while investing appropriately in its network. Over the past 10 years, since the inception of its share repurchase program, the Company has distributed nearly $15 billion to shareholders, consisting of an average of approximately $1 billion in share repurchases per year and a steadily increasing dividend with a 10-year annual compound growth rate of 14%. 


Transaction would face substantial regulatory risks and uncertainties that are highly unlikely to be overcome 

The board believes that the proposed transaction is unlikely to be completed given the substantial regulatory risks. Notably, any transaction must be determined by the STB to both “enhance competition” and be in the “public interest”.

Given the extended review process of two years or more and the uncertainty of approval, there would be significant disruption to Norfolk Southern’s business and operations. 

The Norfolk Southern board also believes that in the event the transaction did close, it would be only after the imposition of substantial regulatory conditions compromising the potential benefits of a combination and reducing the value of the proposed stock consideration.


There is no certainty that the STB would approve a voting trust - the voting trust structure proposed by Canadian Pacific is unprecedented and likely would not be approved

·      Contrary to Canadian Pacific’s claims, a voting trust under which a transaction would close prior to final STB approval of the merger would not protect Norfolk Southern shareholders from regulatory uncertainty. Under STB rules established in 2001, any voting trust would require both a public comment period and approval by the STB based on a finding that the voting trust itself is in the public interest. There is no certainty that the STB would approve use of a voting trust.


·      The voting trust structure proposed by Canadian Pacific is unprecedented, and it is highly likely it would be rejected by the STB because the Canadian Pacific management team would control or be substantially involved in the operations of Norfolk Southern prior to receiving regulatory approval of the proposed merger transaction.

The proposed transaction would be detrimental to Norfolk Southern’s customer baseand communities

Canadian Pacific’s unilateral open access proposal would undercut the financial performance of the combined entity as well as degrade service and dis-incentivize investment. 

Any strategy that adversely impacts Norfolk Southern’s service-sensitive customer base and communities is unlikely to receive regulatory approval and is inconsistent with the delivery of shareholder value over the long-term.


Canadian Pacific’s synergy targets are overstated and imply significant reduction in investment to maintain service

Canadian Pacific’s overstated synergy targets imply significant reduction to investment and employment levels, which the board believes would harm service levels and would be unacceptable to the STB.

Operating synergies are limited because the Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern networks serve entirely separate regions and only connect at five points. 

Any near-term cost savings that might result from applying Canadian Pacific’s short-term focused operating model on Norfolk Southern would be offset by traffic diversions, service deterioration and loss of service-sensitive customers. 

Open access has been widely documented to produce negative revenue synergies from traffic loss and rate compression while also increasing operating costs.

The transaction would not help Chicago congestion issues

·      As the smallest Class 1 railroad in Chicago, accounting for less than 5% of all Chicago rail traffic, Canadian Pacific’s volumes are too small to impact Chicago rail traffic.


·      The proposed transaction would likely increase Chicago congestion.


o                                   Less than 15% – or less than one train per day – of current
Canadian Pacific-Norfolk Southern connecting traffic can be efficiently rerouted around Chicago.

o                                   Further, Norfolk Southern believes that the proposed transaction would cause more, not less, traffic congestion in Chicago. We expect Canadian Pacific would increase revenues by converting interline traffic between Norfolk Southern and both BNSF Railway (“BNSF”) and Union Pacific (“UP”) to single-line traffic in the proposed Canadian Pacific-Norfolk Southern system. Much of this Norfolk Southern traffic with BNSF and UP avoids Chicago today. Unlike BNSF and UP, Canadian Pacific does not have efficient Chicago bypass routes, so Canadian Pacific would have to route most of this traffic through Chicago.

Not only do the lines of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern not physically connect in Chicago, but neither company’s traffic can be moved to other Canadian Pacific-Norfolk Southern connecting points without all constituencies incurring substantial extra miles, cost and time.


For Release June 20, 2015
200 New Jobs Coming to Marion, Ohio UTLX

From Left to right; Local Chairman Chris Pierce, TCU National representative Carl Lakin, Local Representative Troy Meadows and Carmen Division General Vice President Don Grissom

Marion, Ohio – June 20, 2015, Union Tank Car Co. has announced it will add a second facility in Marion, creating 200 new jobs over the next three years, a company news release issued through Columbus 2020 announces.

The Chicago-based company, which services and repairs railroad tank cars used primarily by the chemical, petrochemical and food industries, noted that its commitment will double the size of the workforce it currently employs at its Holland Road facility near Marion.

On Monday, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 55 percent, five-year tax credit to Union Tank Car for the creation of $8,272,000 in new annual payroll as a result of the company's expansion project in the city of Marion. As part of the tax credit agreement, the authority requires the company to maintain operations at the project location for at least 11 years.

Greg Cieslak, Union Tank Car group president, states in a news release from the company: "We have a quick need to expand into a second facility due to the industry's changing landscape, and found the Columbus Region to be a strategic location to grow. The area offers access to the right workforce and real estate to fit our needs, and the Midwest location and rail infrastructure are convenient to our customers."

New federal guidelines regarding the service of ethanol and crude oil tank cars prompted the company's expansion, the release states. A second facility will be used to upgrade the tanks and safety measures on Union Tank's existing fleet of tank cars to meet the new regulations. Union Tank Car's new facility will be at 1207 Cheney Ave. The company's investment will include machinery and equipment and infrastructure costs at the new location. Union Tank Car will maintain its existing facility, at 939 Holland Road.

The project involves expanding operational capacity, according to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The company's fixed asset investment would be toward leasehold improvements, expanding an existing building, on-site infrastructure improvements, and new machinery and equipment. Ronald Meade, administrator for Ohio Means Jobs-Marion County, said the pay range for the new jobs will be $15 to $21 per hour, with a "great benefits package," including medical, dental and life insurance.

Those interested in applying for work at Union Tank Car are asked to do so through Ohio Means Jobs-Marion County. The jobs available are welders and fabricators, tank car repairers, rail car switchmen, material handlers, and general labor and helpers, who must have a general welding knowledge. Bruce Winslow, Union Tank Car spokesman, said the performance of the company's Holland Road site added to the attractiveness of Marion as the location for a second facility.

"We do have a track record in Marion," Winslow said. "We do have a very successful shop there." Matthew Dietrich, executive director of the Ohio Rail Development Commission, states in the release: "We're happy to partner with Union Tank Car Company on its expansion and help secure some of the funding to take this project from dream to reality."

The ORDC is offering a $75,000 grant to defray rail improvement costs on-site, helping to enable the company to reactivate the rail line at the Cheney Avenue site and to establish rail service, said Julie Kaercher, ORDC spokeswoman. As part of its investment, Union Tank Car Co. has committed to adding 200 jobs to its existing roster of employees in Marion. The new jobs will include welders and technicians.

Union Tank Car is partnering with Tri-Rivers Career Center on a workforce development program to train applicants to fill the new positions. The training effort, led by Tri-Rivers Career Center, will be specific to the skills Union Tank Car requires for this project. Tri-Rivers Career Center is investing significant funds for new equipment related to the project, and Ohio MeansJobs-Marion County will provide funds specific to the training aspect, the release states.

Chuck Speelman, Tri-Rivers Career Center superintendent, said he and a Tri-Rivers welding instructor, along with an Ohio Means Jobs-Marion Countyofficial, met Ted Graham, who owns the Cheney Avenue property being leased to Union Tank Car, at a Union Tank Car facility in Sheldon, Texas, about three weeks ago.

He said they made the trip to see the process in which workers at the new facility would need to be trained. "They were impressed with our facility and the fact we're training both adults and high school students beyond the specifications that they need," Speelman said. "We had some discussions about exactly what it was they needed, then we took a trip down to their facility just outside of Houston, Texas. ... Our high school students and adults are well-equipped to do that process."

Tri-Rivers purchased 10 pulsating welders to train its students on the equipment the company will use, he said, adding that the $90,000 investment will be paid out of equipment money the school receives from the state. "We'll be looking at adding space or renovating space to be able to do this, because right now we have limited space during the day," he said. He said the new space would accommodate night and weekend training.

Meade said Ohio Means Jobs-Marion County will reimburse each eligible hire at Union Tank Car up to 50 percent of their on-the-job training wages up to a maximum of $8,000.

Initial screening will take place at three locations — Ohio Means Jobs-Marion County, Tri-Rivers Career Center and Union Tank Car — all applicants meeting eligibility requirements and successfully completing training guaranteed an interview with the company. That process is expected to begin in July. For more information regarding applying for jobs, call Ohio Means Jobs-Marion County at 740-382-0076.

Gus Comstock, Marion CAN DO! director, said Marion "was an ideal location for Union Tank," in part because of its access to rail. "Rail is a part of the community's heritage, and Marion is just genetically programmed for workers to make big things," Comstock said. He said the availability of welding training at Tri-Rivers is the "other thing that sets Marion apart." Comstock praised the cooperation of many entities in helping to convince Union Tank Car to add its new facility in Marion, adding that the new facility will use a rail spur that also connects to Nucor Steel Marion.

"What I'm most impressed about is how everybody seems to be coming together; let's just keep the community moving forward," he said.

At the new facility, Union Tank Car has set a goal of "rewrapping" 60 tank cars each week "when it's at full capacity, but that won't happen right away," Speelman said. "There will be a transition period to get to that point." He said in the rewrapping process the tank cars will be wrapped in heat-resistant fiberglass, with heavy steel plate also installed as reinforcement. The measures are intended to reduce the consequences of derailments. "Once again, I think this is an example that when you invest in people and training in a community good things happen," he said.

Ken Stiverson, president, Marion County Board of Commissioners, said: "Our centuries-old rail road history and modern infrastructure make this an ideal project for the Marion community."

For more than 120 years, Union Tank Car has been a leader within the community of builders, lessors and shippers of railroad tank cars, working with customers to provide practical solutions to industry needs. In addition to its two manufacturing facilities in Louisiana and Texas, the Chicago-based company operates a major network of repair shops and lining shops, including a location in Marion. Its repair and inspection resources also include more than 60 dedicated On-Site mini shops and mobile repair locations.

Union Tank Car is a Marmon Group/Berkshire Hathaway company. For more information about Union Tank Car, visit UTLX employees are represented by The Brotherhood Railway Carmen Divsion of TCU/IAM and are members of TCU Heartland Lodge 6760,

How to apply:

Anyone wishing to apply for the new jobs being created with the addition of a second Union Tank Car Co. facility in Marion is asked to send a resume to Ohio Means Jobs-Marion County, 622 Leader St., or to attend an open job recruitment fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at Ohio Means Jobs Marion County. For more information call Ohio Means Jobs-Marion County at 740-382-0076.



For Release April 30, 2015
Heartland Lodge 6760 Local Chairman
Christopher Pierce Delivers His Representational Goals to the Membership

Read Local Chairman Pierce's message Here

For Release March 12, 2015
The House Passes Amtrak Funding


The House recently passed Amtrak reauthorization legislation, The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act H.R.749, authorizing nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak that would expire in 2019.  The 316-101 vote badly divided Republicans, as all of the no votes came from firebrand conservatives. The Bill wouldn't have passed except for the support of all House Democrats.


The conservative group Heritage Action for America pressured Republicans to oppose the Bill.

TCU lobbied hard to convince our friends on both sides of the isle to reject an amendment that would have zeroed out all Amtrak funding and destroyed thousands of good middle-class Amtrak jobs. By voting against the McClintock amendment, members of Congress rejected the notion that the United States should not have a national passenger railroad.

The White House issued a statement supporting the Bill but called for increased spending for Passenger Rail. The Senate must now approve the measure in order to reach President Obama's desk.

The House Bill authorizes about $982 million per year for Amtrak’s long distance service and another $470 million annually for the Northeast Corridor. The bill sets another $300 million per year for capital improvements on Amtrak routes in the rest of country and about $24 million per year for the company's inspector general.

Amtrak’s subsidies have been hotly contested in Congress in recent years. Congressman Mica of Florida pushed to privatize service on the Northeast, arguing that nongovernment entities could operate trains more efficiently then Amtrak. TCU was able to help beat back the Mica amendment in Committee.

“This nation has significant transportation challenges ahead, and Amtrak looks forward to working with leadership to ensure intercity passenger rail will keep people and the economy moving,” said Amtrak in a statement.

Amtrak employees can take comfort in the fact House Republicans did not drastically cut Amtrak’s funding in light of budget constraints imposed by the majority.


For Release January 21, 2015
Union Family mourns loss

Detroit, Michigan, January 21, 2015 - It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Blake Bowman. Blake is the son of Carman Brian Bowman. Blake, a 14-year old champion lost his fight with cystic fibrosis today. Blake enjoyed many sports. At the top of his list was fishing with his dad. Lodge 6760's officers and members offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Bowman family. A fund has been created to help the family offset medical costs. To learn more about Blake and the fund created for him please view his page at:


For Release December 31, 2014
Mike Bleser Steps Down as President
Chris Pierce Becomes the 14th President of Lodge 6760

Detroit, Michigan, December 31, 2014 - Over the past four years Mike Bleser has served as the 13th President of Heartland Lodge 6760. During his tenure in office the lodge has increased its membership over 100%. With over 500 members the lodge is now the second largest lodge in the United States. Mike has spent many hours and driven thousands of miles to ensure that members at all ten of the major points in the lodge, spreading over a 510-mile diameter, have an equal opportunity to attend lodge meetings by taking the meetings to the members. Lodge 6760 is the only lodge in the country to rotate its monthly meetings from one point to another. In 2012 Mike was instrumental in changing the name of the lodge so it better reflects its current jurisdiction. Mike has put his heart and soul into the lodge over the past four years.

Today, Mike is stepping down as Lodge President. His skills and knowledge will be missed; however, he will still be active as he has accepted an appointment to the office of Board of Trustees.

Thank you Mike for your dedication and stewardship.


Fort Wayne, Indiana – Heartland Lodge 6760 is pleased to announce that Christopher Pierce has become the 14th president of the lodge. President Pierce began his rail career in the late 1980s employed by Triple Crown. On March 12, 1990, Chris transferred to Norfolk Southern as a Student Carman at Fort Wayne. After earning his journeyman status, Brother Pierce became skilled in the craft and dedicated himself to learning every facet of the trade. He did it all with vigor and pride. When transferred to train yard inspection duties, Chris took the rule books home with him to study. In a short time he knew every rule and inspected every train by the book.

As time passed and senior carmen retired, Chris realized that the lodge needed some younger members to step forward to lead. Chris took on that challenge as well. In 2013 he became Vice President of the lodge. Under the direction of President Mike Bleser, Chris traveled to various points of the lodge to meet the members and listen to their concerns.

Brother Pierce is a dedicated husband, father, employee and officer. When on the job he is all business. As president of the lodge members can expect the same dedication and respect that Chris has displayed during his 25-year rail career.

Congratulations President Pierce, the lodge stands behind you.



For Release December 17, 2014
Railroad Retirement COLA & Taxes for 2015

Chicago, Illinois - Effective January 1, 2015 railroad retirees will receive cost of living adjustments of 1.7% on Tier I benefits and .6% on Tier II benefits. For details on all creditable and taxable compensation under Railroad Retirement view the complete list.

For Release November 15, 2014
Lodge 6760 Welcomes New Member

Fort Wayne, Indiana - Lodge 6760 is pleased to welcome Dan Welty into the lodge. Brother Welty recently transferred from Elkhart Indiana. He is now working at the Car Shop at East Wayne Yard in Fort Wayne. Vice President Chris Pierce describes Dan as a member who exhibits traits of a true leader and one interested in furthering his craft.

Lodge Financial Secretary Treasurer
Kevin Hite becomes a father

Lodge 6760 FST Kevin Hite becomes a father. Congratulations to Kevin and Shelly, on October 9, 2014, at 7:52 AM., they received their 8 lb. 9 oz. gift of life with the birth of their daughter Lilian Joyce Hite. We understand Shelly and Lilian are doing fine and Kevin is excited about his new roll in life.

Lodge 6760 officers and members wish Kevin and Shelly well with their new bundle of joy.

For Release July 29, 2014
TCU/IAM Grand Lodge Convention

Las Vegas, Nevada - July 2014. Hundreds of TCU/IAM members came together this week for the 34th Regular TCU/IAM Convention, marking the 115th anniversary of TCU.

In a stirring and passionate address to delegates, TCU President Bob Scardelletti inspired the room with his view of not only the current state of this great union, but the future as well.

His topics included the Carmen Convention’s unity, the strong quality of TCU/IAM representatives and the importance of education to the future of TCU/IAM...Read full article

For Release July 7, 2014
No meetings in July

TCU Heartland Lodge 6760 does not hold regular meetings in July as provided in the Lodge Bylaws.

For Release June 14, 2014
Two Meeting in June

TCU Heartland Lodge 6760 will hold two meetings Tuesday June 24. Columbus Ohio will host a meeting at 11:00 AM., at Bob Evans Restaurant, 5067 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017.

Marion Ohio will host a meeting June 24, at 4:30 PM., at the United Steelworkers Hall, 675 Uncapher Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302.

To View maps showing the meeting locations see the Lodge Home page.

No lodge meetings will be held in June as directed by the Lodge bylaws.

For Release March 29, 2014
Railroad Retirement
Informational Conference

The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board will hold it's annual Informational Conference June 6, 2014, at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 5120 Victory Drive, (I-465 & South Emerson Drive), Indianapolis, Indiana 46203, from 8:30 AM to 12:15 PM. This conference is for union officers, members and their spouses. To register complete the Registration Form and sent it to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, 50 South Meridian Street, Suite 303, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 by May 6, 2014.

For Release March 15, 2014
TCU National Representative
Roger Cain

Update - March 19, 2014: Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for Roger's wellbeing. Roger has multiple fractures, however he is making a remarkable recovery. He is expected to be released from the hospital today or tomorrow.

TCU has learned that Unit 200 National Representative Roger Cain was recently involved in a serious traffic accident. Brother Roger is currently in intensive care. As more details become available we will update this post. At this time we ask for your prayers to help Roger make a full recovery.

For Release January 1, 2014
Heartland Lodge 6760
Election Results

I am pleased to report the results of our Lodge election. Also, I would like to thank our new officers for their commitment to our organization and service to our brothers and sisters. All offices were unopposed, thus a motion was adopted at our December meeting and our Secretary cast a unanimous ballot and nominees were elected by acclamation.

The results of the election are as follows.

PRESIDENT, Michael A. Bleser; VICE PRESIDENT, Chris Pierce; RECORDING SECRETARY, Jameson McKnight; FINANCIAL SECRETARY-TREASURER, Kevin J. Hite; BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Chairman, Shawn M. Fensler; Members: Benjamin J. Melton and Michael R. Fisher; CHAIRMAN of the LOCAL PROTECTIVE COMMITTEE-DELEGATE (Local Chairman), Ben Whitt; ALTERNATE DELEGATE, Kevin D. Mitchell; SERGEANT AT ARMS, Phil Bunch; INNER GUARD, Steve Sutton; OUTER GUARD, Eric Kratzer; CHAPLAIN, Cory Jones; Vice Local Chairman, Detroit, MI, Norfolk Southern, Kevin D. Mitchell; Vice Local Chairman, Columbus, OH, Norfolk Southern, Jerry Kinser; Vice Local Chairman, Huntingburg, IN, Norfolk Southern, Scott Kern; Vice Local Chairman, Fort Wayne, IN, Norfolk Southern, Kevin J. Hite; Vice Local Chairman, Louisville, KY, Norfolk Southern, Dustin McQillen; Vice Local Chairman, Danville, KY, Norfolk Southern, Mathew Arnet; Vice Local Chairman, Cincinnati, OH, Norfolk Southern, Rob Sheid; Vice Local Chairman, Linton, IN, Indiana Railroad, Ryan Sluder; Vice Local Chairman, Roanoke, IN, Road and Rail Services, Chris Garrison; Vice Local Chairmen, Marion, OH, Union Tank Car Company: Jay Fleming, Troy Meadows and Joshua Calbert; Labor Counsel Delegate, AFL-CIO Delegate, Cincinnati, OH, Phillip W. Amadon (Past President); Lodge Website Webmaster, Steve Pequignot.

In addition to the election of lodge officers, our members reaffirmed President Scardaletti's appointment of past president Phil Amadon as Labor Counsel Delegate for Lodge 6760.

Lodge Vice President Chris Pierce and myself appointed a committee for our members in Marion Ohio to prepare for the upcoming contract negotiations.

Brother Pierce and Brother Mitchell have agreed to serve on an Arbitration Committee for our members in Marion to review grievances filed for recommendation of arbitrary appeal. I am currently seeking another member in Marion to serve as the on sight member for this committee.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brothers Rob Reisenger and Kevin Mitchell for their selfless and dedicated service to this lodge and its members. Your commitment to your brothers and sisters in Lodge 6760 is greatly appreciated by all.

To all the returning and new officers, I too thank you for carrying on our fight for fairness, respect, equality, and solidarity.


Mike Bleser
Heartland Lodge 6760



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